Could someone tell me how to color two different edges between the same two vertices with a different color? The last time a related question was asked is 4 years ago, so I am wondering if the following can sort of be made to work now ... This is what I have tried:

1) {Style[DirectedEdge[1,2],Red],Style[DirectedEdge[1,2],Green]}//Graph

I would like the edges in the above multigraph to be red and green, however this makes them all red. If I use EdgeStyle in the usual way, the edges take the last color that appears instead of the first one. I have never had to do this, surprisingly, and I thought it would be a cinch (I know the graph functionality of M quite well) but to my surprise I couldn’t make this work. So help will be appreciated. Perhaps a more complex fix is needed ???

I wonder also, if this is not easy to achieve, whether there is igraph functionality for it. I am not thoroughly familiar with the package

Thank you in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ As of v12 this is still impossible out-of-the-box. Try this answer in the (duplicate?) q/a Graph: Coloring parallel edges individually. $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr Thank you, I guess that will have to do! $\endgroup$
    – EGME
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr Hmmm, I am trying to make your original answer work for just two edges, as in my question, but I can’t ... well, let’s see what develops ... might I ask for help if I can’t make this work? $\endgroup$
    – EGME
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr Ok, I got it to work, although I don’t understand how it works ... $\endgroup$
    – EGME
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 16:20
  • $\begingroup$ @kglr But it only works for two edges :( oh well ... $\endgroup$
    – EGME
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 16:47

2 Answers 2


Now this works in Mathematica 12.1:

{Style[DirectedEdge[1, 2], Red], Style[DirectedEdge[1, 2], Green]} // EdgeTaggedGraph

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, this should be quite useful ... $\endgroup$
    – EGME
    Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 8:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this helpful answer! $\endgroup$
    – Lacia
    Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 23:37
If[#1 > 0.80, Green, Red]

Try this in style section for 80% above being green and rest as red.

  • $\begingroup$ Could you illustrate this with a graphic? $\endgroup$
    – bbgodfrey
    Commented Jul 22, 2022 at 21:30

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